Today America’s Voice released a report entitled, “The New Constituents… How Latinos Will Shape Congressional Apportionmention After the 2010 Census” at an event at NDN in Washington, DC. The paper examines the role Latinos will play in shaping the next Congress, after the 2010 Census. Projections show that nineteen states are poised to see changes in their Congressional representation: eight states will gain at least one House seat, while eleven states will lose at least one seat in Congress.

The 2010 census will confirm continued robust population growth among Hispanics, who hope to translate their status as the nation’s largest minority group into more political power.

A: Billions upon billions, if some Republicans get their way. Fortunately, they didn’t get their way on the Census yesterday. The Vitter-Bennett census amendment to the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill became a moot point yesterday afternoon when the Senate ended debate on the bill in a nail-biting procedural vote of 60 to 39, which comes as a relief to advocates who worked non-stop, through hubs like, to help sink the unconstitutional, impractical, and expensive measure.

The 2010 census will not include a controversial question about citizenship that critics said could have led to significant undercounts in Arizona and other states with large immigrant populations.

Senate Democrats Thursday blocked a GOP attempt to require next year’s census forms to ask people whether they are U.S. citizens.

The proposal by Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter was aimed at excluding non-citizens from the population totals that are used to figure the number of congressional representatives for each state.

Like other efforts to make them non-people, a proposal to exclude them from the 2010 census doesn’t do anything to deal with the problem.

Republican Sen. David Vitter’s ongoing crusade to include a citizenship question on the 2010 Census, and then exclude non-citizens from the reapportionment count, has managed to inflame passions all around.

From Joaquin Guerra, over at the SEIU Blog– the latest action in response to the Vitter-Bennet Amendment: “Some politicians come up with dumb ideas. Some come up with impractical ideas that would cost taxpayers millions of dollars. And then there are those lawmakers with crazy proposals that would violate the United States Constitution.”

A coalition of black, Latino and Asian lawmakers on Thursday expressed opposition to a proposal that would require next year’s census forms to ask about the status of a person’s citizenship.

The House lawmakers criticized a proposal by Sens. David Vitter, R-La., and Bob Bennett, R-Utah, as a political ploy designed to discourage immigrants from participating in the high-stakes count, which begins April 1.

Immigration, an issue placed on the congressional backburner by attempts to revamp the nation’s health care system, is percolating again as Republican lawmakers are pushing a measure that would require U.S. Census forms to include a question about the citizenship status of respondents.